Anna Hazare the eminent social activist fast unto death may become a major turning point in India’s history with massive spontaneous support for the Jan Lokpal Bill drafted by respected members of the Civil Society.The Ruling Congress Party which tried to disparage Hazare through usual political stunts like calling him a Opposition Party Puppet has become unhinged in its respone.While 2 days ago,the Congress Spokesperson Tewari was saying that they did not really care about the hunger fast by Hazare,now the Congress Ministers are rushing to placate him.While Kapil Sibal is calling for more time ( don’t know what they did for the last one year when one after another scam was revealed),Moily says that changes will be incorporated.
As usual the PM is silent on the issue even as events overtake him and Sharad Pawar the Agri Minister who was heading the GOM Panel on Lokpal Bill resigned.Hazare got huge support not only from the civil society but now even India’s celebrities who generally remain reclusive happy to be a part of the system have joined in.Aamir Khan has called for supporting Hazare and it may inspire courage amongst others to join him as well.The anger against politicians remains strong underneath and has been channelized by Hazare into the open.This Fast against Corruption threatens to become a major hot potato for the Congress Party which faces elections in 5 states.
Manmohan Singh government was faced with a tricky and embarrassing situation on Wednesday as an indefinite fast started by social activist Anna Hazare against corruption gathered momentum, with thousands joining impromptu protests across the country.Agriculture minister Sharad Pawar , who was criticised by Hazare as being corrupt and hence unfit to be on the Group of Ministers overseeing the Lokpal bill, quit the GoM. The scalp could energise Hazare and his supporters.”We are overwhelmed by the support. People have been calling in from all parts of the country saying they are holding protests or fasting in cities and towns. There is a spontaneous uprising in support for this movement,” said activist Arvind Kejriwal.On some politicians being heckled, Kejriwal said: “We had decided in the morning that anyone is welcome to come and join the fast, but we will not allow speeches by anyone. But the resentment against politicians here is such that the moment they arrived, there was a spontaneous reaction against them. People ran after their vehicles as they left,” Kejriwal said. The activist said that this was done by people who had gathered in support of Hazare.